Alexandra came to GYROKINESIS® via her BFA in Dance at the Joffrey Ballet School/New School University, where she earned her degree in 2003. As a professional dancer, she has always returned to this work to balance and relieve her body from its daily stresses. She began teaching in 2005, and continues to renew her belief in this system and its benefits on the human body. As a dancer, she has worked with Pat Catterson, Merce Cunningham, Matthew Mohr, Dušan Týnek, as well as other notable dancers. In the GYROTONIC® world she has studied closely with Master Trainers Juergen Bamberger, Hilary Cartwright, and Young-Ah Kim, and also teaches out of Fluid Fitness, in Manhattan.
Alyssa has been living and working in New York City for the last nine years. After graduating from the College of Charleston in South Carolina with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, her parents recruited her to help them open a destination spa in upstate New York. With the success and growth of The Spa at Traditions, Alyssa was ready to move on to more opportunities in NYC. She was happy to find Element Natural Healing Arts, and has since made it her second home.
Amanda is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist (graduate from the Swedish Institute in NY), Therapeutic Yoga Specialist and Movement Specialist. She is also a certified running coach with the Road Runners Club of America. She has currently ran 8 New York City Marathons. As an endurance runner, Amanda has experienced the benefits of bodywork and body awareness and the effect each has on optimal performance and recovery.
While her massage styles and techniques range from individual to individual, her specialty is a combination targeted sports massage and performance yoga for active individuals, recovering athletes, and individuals experiencing high levels of stress. This combination can allow for a quicker recovery and more intense training. Her focus is simple: heal the body and mind to perform your best.
Amanda started practicing yoga in 2003, using it as a parallel treatment to physical therapy when recovering from several running injuries. Yoga became an essential element of her recovery—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Amanda completed her 200-hour yoga certification in 2012. Since then, she completed over 1,000 teaching hours making her an experienced yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. Currently, Amanda is studying and pursuing a 900+ hour Yoga Therapy certification with Prema Yoga Institute’s Yoga Therapy degree program.
In 2017, Amanda graduated from the internationally renowned Gray Institute of Functional Transformation as a Fellow of Applied Function Science (FAFS) making her a budding specialist in the world of biomechanics and movement science for athletes. She is also certified in Functional Manual Reaction (FMR) through the Gray Institute. This powerful application helps to assess movement and functional mobility allowing people to move properly while enjoying the activities and sports they love.
Anastasia first experienced the Alexander Technique while attending college as part of the curriculum in one of her dance classes. Her experience there was powerfully transformative. The Alexander Technique helped her rehabilitate her dance injuries, find a deeper and richer movement potential within herself and become less stressed and more balanced in her daily life. She is particularly interested in working with people struggling with pain and injury, and additionally with those interested in the deeper connections between mind and body and body and emotions. Her students come from all walks of life.
Anastasia is an AmSat certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She graduated from The American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT), America’s oldest AT teacher training program, in 2012. She is also an energy healer and teaches both Yoga and Bellydance.
Armie is licensed to practice acupuncture in both New York and Florida. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. She is also board certified as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Armie’s love of science began with undergraduate studies in biology (pre-med) at Loyola University New Orleans, and continues on in her desire to practice holistic medicine. She practices Shaolin martial arts at the USA Shaolin Temple, where she trains in kung fu, Tai Chi, and Qigong. Armie incorporates these martial art exercises into sessions to help patients rehabilitating from musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries.
In Florida, Armie practiced acupuncture at Birthmarks, a prenatal wellness center focused on women’s health, fertility, and prenatal/postpartum care. Armie also has specific interests in pain management through motor point therapy, psycho-emotional support, and respiratory issues. She offers tui na, gua sha, cupping, and e-stim as part of her healing practice.
Beata is a European trained esthetician with over 15 years of experience. She is proficient in working with all skin types and conditions. Her product based knowledge includes a vast range of both organic and clinical skincare lines. She is passionate about skincare and loves building relationships with her clients, working towards fulfilling their skincare goals. Beata is fluent in English, Italian, and Polish.
Brogan works with a combination of modalities including Meditation, Mindfulness, Restorative Yoga, Essential Oils, Reiki, Nutrition, and Fine Art to create integrative programs that fit each personal and individual client’s needs. She specializes in relief from stress, anxiety, insomnia, pain, hospice care, and cancer care for both children and adults. Sessions build on each other and develop so that her clients feel empowered and able to maintain balance in their day to day lives, not just in the studio.
Brogan has developed Wellness Mindfulness and Meditation programs for public and private schools working with both teachers and children. She has also developed a unique program called the Art of Meditation which emphasizes creative development as well as the teachings of Mindfulness Meditation. She has worked in many New York hospitals with patients in Oncology and General wards using Integrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and Meditation. She continues to collaborate with the non-profit organization The Creative Center, bringing creative arts to people with cancer and chronic illness. Brogan is a Reiki Master and has been a practitioner for over 8 years, having trained at Mahamudra Buddhist Centre in New Zealand and with renowned Japanese healer Mika Ichihara in New York. She has a Usui-shiki Ryoho Reiki Certificate, a Healing Practitioner Certificate, and Reiki Master Qualification.
Brogan has been practicing meditation for 15 years (including study in India, Nepal, New Zealand, and England), and has been teaching Mindfulness and Meditation for 8 years.
Brogan is a registered Yoga Teacher and has practiced Yoga from childhood in New Zealand. Her certification is with Prajna Yoga and philosopher and author Tias Little (himself greatly influenced by B. K. S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois). Brogan teaches Yoga using a therapeutic and restorative approach with a view that Yoga is for every body and mind at any age. She has also trained specifically as a children’s Yoga teacher at Bija Yoga.
Brogan is a certified Urban Zen Integrative Therapist trained by Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Richard Rosen, and Mary Taylor.
She also has a degree in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in London and has a studio painting and sculptural practice.
Bryan is currently in his 15th year of practice and specializes in pre-natal massage and manual lymphatic drainage. He is also proficient in focused, deep tissue work targeting conditions such as sciatica, rotator cuff issues, as well as an assortment of pain related pathologies. As a lifelong martial artist, Bryan began his career with a strong foundation of five element theory which deepened his insight and knowledge of massage. The principles of five elements allow us to understand how the structures and systems in our bodies are connected to each other and how we are connected to our environment and to nature. Bryan also teaches continuing education massage courses to other massage therapists.
Cara is a New York state Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Zero Balancing Practitioner. She engages therapeutically with her clients to release tension and create clear, musculoskeletal and energetic alignment. Cara’s decade of experience as a professional dancer and her studies in somatic bodywork techniques, including Klein Technique and Qigong, influence her massage style and skills. She’s trained in neuromuscular, myofascial, orthopedic, sports, shiatsu, Thai, Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and prenatal massage. Her sessions are modified to each client’s individual needs and may include a mixture of modalities.
Casey is a NY state Licensed Massage Therapist, graduate from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and a musician. His musical background has influenced his bodywork practice allowing him to fine-tune flow, technique, and style based on the individual to harmoniously offer a balanced massage that is both relaxing and therapeutic. His specialties include Swedish, deep tissue, tui na, and Thai massage.
Celine is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of New York. She is certified in Acupuncture and Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Celine earned her Master’s degree at New England School of Acupuncture in Boston.
Celine combines acupuncture and herbs to effectively treat various conditions, including digestive issues, stress, chronic pain, headaches, and insomnia, as well as helping to maintain a healthy immune system. Individual treatments are formulated to achieve maximum health, balancing the mind, body, and spirit.
Chad is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and received his massage license in 1998. His modalities include Swedish, deep tissue, myofacial release, trigger point therapy, and is LA Stone certified. Chad earned his BA in Brooklyn College in 1988. He is a lifelong Brooklyn resident and has a wife and two children.
Chelsea is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the state of New York, and board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Chelsea holds a Master of Science, with a focus in Classical Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). She continues to train and practice under the Daoist lineage of Classical Chinese Medicine practitioner Jeffrey Yuen, furthering her exploration and usage of the Complementary Vessels and Chinese Medicine practice. The Complementary Vessels allow for access into the deep holdings of the body in order to work with imbalance at its root and provide lasting relief.
Using acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, oils, and Reiki, Chelsea brings thoughtful, compassionate, and communicative care to meet each client where they are emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Chelsea has specific interest in psycho-emotional work, women’s health and fertility, labor and post-partum support, auto-immune disorders, and pain management. Over the past few years, Chelsea has also worked to bring sustainable holistic care to the indigenous populations of Guatemala.
Chrissy is a dual Licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician. She graduated from the NY College of Health Professionals in 2002 with an Associates Degree in Massage Therapy and in 2015 from Christine Valmy’s esthetics program. Chrissy customizes her massages, facials, and skincare treatments to her client’s needs. Her massage specializations include deep tissue, trigger point therapy, prenatal, neck and shoulder issues, and TMJ. Chrissy is well-versed in a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Her esthetics specialties include deep cleansing facials, anti-aging, rosacea, hyper-pigmentation, dry, oily, and sensitive skin conditions. She believes healthy skin comes from within. A healthy diet and proper hydration can make all the difference in the appearance of the skin. Chrissy believes in educating her clients on how to properly take care of their bodies and skin at home after receiving a treatment and the importance of a daily skincare regime.
Christina Morris is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of New York. She is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, including Diplomate of Acupuncture and Herbology and board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Christina studied at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine where she earned a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine. During the course of her training, Christina studied in China completing clinical internships in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Tui Na at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing and the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu. Christina holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Medicine from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is also a Certified Reflexologist with additional certifications in Maternity Reflexology. Christina is also a Maya Abdominal Therapy Practitioner.
Claire is a Licensed Yoga Instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. She received her yoga teacher training at The Energy Center in Brooklyn and received Pilates mat training at the Kane School of Core Integration. Claire teaches both private and group classes for meditation, yoga, and Pilates mat. Her classes can be tailored to the student’s level of experience, and can be modified to accommodate personal needs.
Claire is a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist trained by the Vodder International School, a NY state Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Practitioner and Self Help Instructor in Jin Shin Jyutsu®. Claire graduated from the Scherer Institute for Natural Healing in Santa Fe, NM in 1998 where she specialized in Nurturing Therapeutic and connective tissue massage therapy.
Claire has also worked with inpatients as an Integrative Practitioner in the Atlantic Integrative Medicine department of Morristown Memorial Hospital in NJ and has worked on many clients undergoing cancer treatments and post cancer treatments as well as clients who have undergone cosmetic procedures to aid in the healing process.
Originally from upstate New York, Clara moved to Brooklyn in the spring of 2017 to finish her undergraduate degree and pursue her passions for architectural restoration, music composition, and visual art. In her free time, Clara likes to explore new neighborhoods, go to museums, and play the piano.
Claudia has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 25 years. She specializes in therapeutic massage and uses an individualized approach to utilize the skills she has gained throughout her career to reap maximum benefits for each client. Claudia also has extensive experience with pre/post natal and migraines.
Corinne is a certified Reiki Master and Teacher in the tradition of Usui/Holy Fire Reiki® and Karuna Holy Fire Reiki®. Corinne’s passion for the healing arts began with seeking alternative modalities to support her journey through Chronic Lyme Disease. It was the gift of Reiki energy healing that lead Corinne to experience freedom from her symptoms and ultimately healed her from the disease. Since then, Corinne has made it her purpose to provide Reiki energy to those who are open, ready, and willing to move through a deep healing process. Corinne specializes in utilizing Reiki energy as support for chronic illness, disease, pain and stress management, digestive disorders, abuse, emotional trauma, and addiction.
Corinne also has training in herbal plant medicine and yoga, and utilizes this knowledge to offer suggestions for continued support. Corinne has been practicing Reiki since being attuned to the Usui/Tibetan lineage in 2012, and has trained with three Reiki Masters in California and New York, including William Rand of The International Center for Reiki Training. She has retained a steady and daily self-practice of Reiki and travels around the country teaching all levels of the Reiki system of healing to empower students to deepen their awareness of self and attune to their ability to heal.
Corrina is an Intuitive Strategist who uses Astrology, Tarot, and other tools to help her clients transform their lives. She has trained in intuitive development techniques, Astrology, yoga, and metaphysical sciences for over a decade and has learned to access her intuitive abilities with guidance from her mentor, Katina Demetra.
Dividing her time between her own consulting practice and being a mom to a toddler, Corrina’s individual client base ranges from television executives to artists and entrepreneurs. Corrina is eternally grateful to her guides in this world and the next that have taught her how to work with her sensitivities, to trust the information that comes through to her, and allow it to help her guide others.
A Tai Chi instructor and founder of Eastern Village Arts, Dan firmly believes that all individuals can benefit from training their minds and bodies to develop awareness, ease of movement, and overall health. Dan began his training in 1992 and has sought out and trained with Tai Chi masters and teachers in other disciplines from New York, Japan, China, and elsewhere. He has combined his traditional martial arts training with modern movement arts and meditational practices. His own teaching techniques are adapted to the unique needs of Western practitioners.
He now offers Tai Chi in private, class, corporate, and retreat settings.
Dan completed his undergraduate work at Columbia University, and went on to receive a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. Daniel is deeply indebted to all the wonderful teachers he has been blessed to encounter and learn from during his life.
Darryl is a graduate of the Ohashi Institute for Shiatsu (2006) and is an American Council on Exercise certified trainer (1996), a martial artist, and a Taoist yoga, Qi Gong, and meditation practitioner. His formal academic education includes an Associates in engineering, a B.S. in Psychology from Penn State, and is currently seeking a Master’s in Leadership Psychology from Penn State. In addition Darryl has traveled several times to Japan and has studied and mentored with various Chinese and Japanese healing Masters including the renown Stephen Brown, sought after as a master teacher, instructor and practitioner of the Japanese healing arts. Darryl’s Shiatsu style includes a blend of Chinese Tui Na, deep tissue, and sports massage, along with of course Five Phase Meridian Therapy, and Meridian Touch Yoga. He has worked with collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes, as well as celebrities. Darryl’s methodology is firmly based in the Taoist & Zen approaches to mind-body healing and the life philosophy of the Tao.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Davin is excited to be part of a team close to home. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Pacific College. With aspirations to run his own acupuncture office someday, he joined Element to gain experience and start the foundation for his dream career. He enjoys time with friends, leisure reading, and playing basketball.
Deanne became a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique in 1993, completing a 3 year training with Ann Rodiger in New York City, with subsequent post-graduate training in London at the renowned Constructive Teaching Centre. In 2010, she became a certified teacher in alignment-based Hatha yoga under the training of Kenny Graham and Tara Glazier, Zhenja la Rosa, Bridget Woods-Kramer and Harshada Wagner. Most recently, Deanne became licensed to teach the MELT Method and is thrilled to add this ground-breaking technique of body knowledge and self-treatment to her repertoire of integrative movement and balancing techniques. Committed to sharing her passion for mind/body awareness through her multi-disciplinary approach, Deanne is continually inspired by students from a broad range of disciplines. She strives to empower her students to make choices that allow them to use their voice and body in more efficient and effective ways, relieving pain and bringing greater ease, balance, and joy of expression to all areas of their lives.
Deanne has been using her body as her instrument for the past 20 years in her life as an internationally-acclaimed opera singer and actor. She holds degrees in both Vocal Performance and Western Philosophy, and has been committed to integrating mind and body awareness for her entire professional life. When at home in New York, Deanne teaches both group and private sessions for her movement and bodywork students. In conjunction with her international performing schedule, she enjoys teaching voice, movement, and MELT all over the world.
Dorota is a graduate of the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO. Her personal endeavors and success with Structural Integration has led Dorota to have the ability and desire to work and connect with her clients on many different levels. Dorota has successfully helped clients resolve a multitude of issues including overall poor holding patterns and poor posture, pain conditions including chronic back pain, repetitive strain issues, hip and feet pain, migraines and headaches as well as digestive complaints and insomnia. Dorota understands that poor alignment and improper holding patterns create many ailments and through the proper alignment of the physical structure and connective tissue, one can allow for an overall greater well being without pain and discomfort.
Ella is a NY state Licensed Esthetician. She has over 10 years experience as a Spa Therapist in Shanghai, China. Her training as a Spa Therapist included training in skin care health and skin care treatment protocols, cupping, gua sha, tui-na, and nutrition all based on the theories of Chinese medicine. Ella also has training in dermaplaning, is a Licensed Waxing Professional, and a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Massachusetts. She has worked at high end spas in both China and the United States. Ella believes in a healthy lifestyle and finds importance in maintaining health through treatment, education, and lifestyle.
Gianna is from a suburb of Chicago, IL and moved to New York City in August 2017. She is currently attending Marymount Manhattan College pursuing a double major in Politics and Human Rights and Environmental Studies, with a minor in Law and Ethics. In her free time, Gianna enjoys exploring the city, running, practicing yoga, and visiting museums. She is thrilled to be working in her favorite borough of the city- Brooklyn.
Over a decade and a half and thousands of treatments, Hal has evolved a distinctive style blending influences of Swedish, shiatsu, tui-na, reflexology, Ayurvedic, deep tissue, neuromuscular, myofascial, and trigger point techniques.
A graduate of the Swedish Institute, he received his New York massage license in 2003. He is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico.
Ivana, a native New Yorker, is working towards her Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Pacific College. Inspired by her loved ones and fellow Element staff, she strives to become a skillful acupuncture and herbal medicine practitioner. Ivana enjoys foraging, fine art, karaoke, martial arts, yoga, and making natural home-cleaning products.
After more than ten years of experience, Jean feels more engaged and aware in her practice than ever before with helping her clients find peace and joy somatically. Jean is a graduate of the Swedish Institute in NYC and The Polarity Institute in Portland, ME. She has traveled east and west to braid her experiences into a loving practice. With this honor she hopes to bring tranquility to those she works with and the environment in which she practices.
Jenny is NYS Licensed Massage Therapist who graduated from Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2003. Her integrative massage style blends deep tissue and connective tissue therapies to restore balance to the body and relax the mind. Jenny specializes in focused massage work based on the client and their particular conditions and especially enjoys working with those who have pain related issues of the hips, back, and neck where she can help bring significant pain relief. She also performs Swedish, pre and postnatal, and hot stone massages.
Jennifer is a graduate of Atelier Esthétique in New York City. She is experienced in treating various skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, hyper-pigmentation, aging, sun damage, dry, oily, and sensitive skin. Whether one is looking for a deep cleansing facial with extractions or a more relaxing, cleansing facial, each treatment is customized to the individual’s needs and skincare concerns. She believes proper education on skin care and maintaining a home-care regime is essential in having healthy skin and a radiant glow. Eating well, proper sleep, exercise, and adequate water are also essential for balanced skin. Jennifer incorporates relaxing massage and lymphatic drainage techniques to her facials to increase circulation and help the skin eliminate toxins. Prior to becoming an esthetician, Jennifer worked in the fashion industry for many years. Having clients feel confident in their appearance including their skin gives her great satisfaction.
Jess is a modern dancer trained at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, CalArts, and the Joffrey Ballet School. After years of anatomy classes, dancing, and choreographing, she took up her interest of body-problem-solving at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. She holds a NYS license, national certification, and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She uses a blend of sports massage, Swedish, shiatsu, polarity, and Ortho-Bionomy in her work. Her speciality is working with athletes and musicians.
She can be found teaching her toddler son anatomical names for body parts and is proud to call Brooklyn home. She has been a part of Element since 2014.
John has been practicing Chinese medicine since 2001. He is licensed in New York and New Mexico and is nationally certified as both an acupuncturist and a Chinese herbalist. John publishes and lectures extensively to colleagues in the Chinese medical field. For more information on John and STRUCTURAL DECOMPRESSION TECHNIQUE™ please visit- http://atlas33.com/.
Josh is a New York state Licensed Massage Therapist and graduate of the Swedish Institute. With more that 15 years of experience, Josh has studied and
mastered multiple techniques, working to achieve cohesion on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Josh blends both Eastern and Western modalities, specializing in trigger point work, the ancient Hawaiian technique of Lomi Lomi, and myofascial unwinding. These techniques can help release physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual blockages allowing for better clarity and relaxation. Josh is also trained in hot stone, reflexology, and prenatal massage. He has worked at some of the top spas in Manhattan and has been reviewed in Allure magazine for his exceptional work.
Judy is a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist from the Vodder International School and NY state Licensed Massage Therapist from the Swedish Institute in NYC as well as a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC. Originally trained as a modern dancer, Judy has over 25 years of experience in the fields of fitness and movement. She is committed to working with her clients utilizing the benefits of lymph drainage as a deeper method of improving their overall health.
Kelly is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of New York and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). She received her training at the Swedish Institute and completed the program in April 2004. Her modalities include Swedish, deep tissue, pre and postnatal massage, stone massage, and Five Element style shiatsu. She also teaches couples instructional massage. Kelly earned a BA in dance from Western Michigan University in 1996.
Kendra is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist in the state of New York. She holds a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (NY) and a degree in Massage Therapy from the Swedish Institute (NY). Kendra has additional certifications in Thai Massage through the International Thai Therapist Association in Bangkok, Kyojung Korean Physical Manipulation, and Classical Needle Techniques through the Institute for Classical Asian Studies (ICAS). Kendra’s course of study also includes training in Qigong techniques at Mount QingCheng and Changsha, China and she is currently enrolled in a 3 year Medical Qigong certification through ICAS. She specializes in pain management, women’s health, infertility, and gastrointestinal health concerns.
In 2013, Kris earn her Nutrition Therapy Practitioner certification at the Nutrition Therapy Institute (NTI) in Denver, CO. Kris was educated by highly experienced naturopathic doctors and nutritionists in science-based nutrition and nutrition protocols to effectively help prevent disease, support healing, and optimize health. In 2016, she received her second certification through NTI to become a Master Nutrition Therapist. Prior to receiving her Nutrition Therapy Practitioner certification, Kris had studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) receiving her Health Coach certification in 2011. This certification allows Kris to be a coach and a support system in helping clients reach their health goals. Kris has also worked alongside acupuncturists, naturopaths, and functional medicine practitioners to further enhance her knowledge and experience in holistic health and nutrition.
Kris currently lives in Brooklyn where she runs Kris Wellness and partners with some of the best wellness practitioners in Brooklyn. She is the premier Holistic Nutrition Consultant at The Meal Collective – a natural food chef service offering private and group chef services that provide its clients with convenient, healthy, and therapeutic meals. Kris also works as a nutritionist at InviteHealth, a high quality supplement company with shops all over the greater New York City area.
Growing up in Thailand, the authentic wisdom of healing touch was part of her childhood, and is a strong foundation for her practice in the art of Traditional Thai Massage. After receiving a Bachelor of Nursing and working as a nurse, Krittiyanee started her massage career by earning a certification from the Wat Po Thai Massage Medical School in Bangkok. Krittiyanee has furthered her craft by studying Swedish massage, deep tissue, and myofascial release, as well by becoming certified to teach yoga. Krittiyanee combines her many skills into an individually catered session that reflects the client’s needs.
Kylie is originally from Pennsylvania and has been living in New York since 2012. She graduated in 2016 with a BA in psychology and double minored in philosophy and political science. Kylie loves working at Element because a holistic approach to health and wellness is important to her. She enjoys reading, vegan baking, and spending time with her cats.
Laura iis a New York state Licensed Acupuncturist and is board certified by the NCCAOM. Laura earned a Master of Science degree in acupuncture from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York. Her clinical training included the study of Japanese acupuncture (Meridian and Kiiko Matsumoto styles), Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM). APM is the fusion of Classical Chinese, French, and Japanese meridian styles of acupuncture with the western approach of myofascial trigger point release which is effective in reducing pain and releasing held-tension in the body. Additionally, Laura studied at the Beijing Traditional Medicine Training Center and the Nanjing International Acupuncture Training Center in China. She studied Master Tung’s clinical method with Susan Johnson, and Esoteric Acupuncture with Mikio Sankey. Laura treats a wide variety of patients’ concerns, but especially enjoys working with mental/emotional issues, musculoskeletal conditions, and working with women to support fertility, through all stages of pregnancy and labor induction. Prior to her work with acupuncture, Laura earned her MFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.
Lauren is a Licensed Massage Therapist in New York state. She attended the Cortiva Institute, where she studied modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, orthopedic, trigger point, myofascial release, neuromuscular, medical, and sports massage. Lauren begins each session by discussing her clients’ issues and goals so that she can effectively address their specific needs. When she is not working at Element, Lauren works as a professional modern dancer.
Lia is a New York state Licensed Massage Therapist and graduate of the Cortiva Institute. As a professional dancer and long time yoga and Pilates practitioner, Lia is highly attuned to postural alignment and functional movement and well versed in methods of self-care. A session with Lia is based on ongoing communication and tailored to the client’s specific needs. She is trained in neuromuscular, myofascial, orthopedic, sports, Thai, Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and hot stone. Most sessions will include a variety of modalities.
Lillie is a European trained clinical esthetician. Lillie has worked extensively on problematic skin conditions with amazing results for over 25 years. Lillie’s passion and dedication has made her a top requested esthetician. People travel from all over seeking her skincare expertise.
Lowell is a graduate of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, CO. A native New Yorker, Lowell was drawn to the practice of structural integration after experiencing the life-changing effects of this work as a client. He now enjoys helping others to overcome chronic pain and trauma while imparting a newfound sense of ease and alignment within the physical structure. He believes in a tailored approach to help target specific areas while also addressing the body as a holistic system.
Marcus is a New York state Licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY. He has been practicing massage since 2005, incorporating modalities such as myofascial release, Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, reflexology, craniosacral, chair massage, pregnancy massage, and Thai yoga massage. He also has Advanced Sports Massage Certification through the Swedish Institute. One focus of Marcus’s practice is on active individuals (yogis, runners, athletes, dancers, etc.), helping them facilitate quicker recovery from injury. He is also certified in Hospital-Based Massage through the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute (Mount Sinai School of Medicine). He works with patients who are at various stages of diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s, and heart disease, including those in elder hospice care.
Marcus is also a certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and teaches at various yoga studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He co-created Body Lab, a yoga-based approach to healing ailments of the musculoskeletal system through yoga asana, and has taught this workshop since 2012.
Maria is a New York state Licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist. She received her Masters in Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) and Associates of Occupational Science (AOS) in Massage Therapy from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. Maria has a diverse training background in acupuncture. She pulls from a variety of influences to tailor treatments to the individual based on their needs. Maria has experience treating muscular pain, sports and repetitive stress injuries, chronic headaches, depression and anxiety, amongst many other conditions. Maria takes a thoughtful approach to massage therapy which includes deep tissue massage to encourage the muscles to relax and for increased circulation. In addition to practicing, Maria has been working as a teaching assistant for massage therapy and acupuncture at her alma mater since completing her degrees.
Marlie, E-RYT, RPYT, MA, teaches meditative and somatic practices from the contemplative traditions of Yoga and Buddhism, informed by contemporary insights from Western psychology.
With an educational background in cultural anthropology and psychology, Marlie explores how we experience ourselves and others in the world. She specializes in restorative yoga, a deep and nuanced practice of fully supported asana that stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and facilitates exploration of the subtle limbs of yoga.
Marlie is the Administrative Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, Program Director for the Institute’s Yoga Psychology Training Program, and a graduate of the Institute’s Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy.
Chef MB is a Certified Natural Food Chef with a passion for community and culture, both inside and outside the kitchen. Her specialties include paleo- and evolution-based diets and fermented and cultured foods. She is also vegan, gluten-free, and food allergy friendly.
Chef MB helps clients take back their flavor and their health by providing:
-Targeted therapeutic meal planning for specific health conditions and disorders
-Whole-foods based menus for general health and longevity
-Food sourcing options for optimal health and best community intentions
-Therapeutic cooking techniques
-Education about healing foods and how to cook for health
Chef MB is a certified Natural Foods Chef through the Nutrition Therapy Institute of Denver, Colorado where she completed an intensive culinary curriculum for the whole-foods based chef to include: whole-foods based culinary classes, therapeutic meal planning and cooking techniques, and basic nutrition for the therapeutic chef.
Chef MB has also completed a 1-month live-in fermentation residency under the direct supervision of Sandor Katz, Fermentation Expert and author of The Art of Fermentation, at the School for the Foundation for Fermentation Fervor.
Chef MB has been working as personal chef, providing delicious and therapeutic meals, for over three years. Prior to her formal education and career, Chef MB has a long history of loving food and cooking with passion, as well as many years of experience in the foodservice industry. Chef MB continues to grow her natural foods and culinary knowledge by attending seminars and conferences and through self-education and exploration.
A graduate of the Swedish Institute, Megan is a New York state Licensed Massage Therapist. During her sessions, she draws on her training in myofascial release techniques, lymphatic drainage massage, neuromuscular therapy and other modalities to create a comprehensive massage for the individual. From an early age, she adopted a healthy lifestyle. A desire to stick close to nature’s medicines led her to study massage therapy.
Nammi is both an Ayurvedic and European trained esthetician. Nammi seeks to bring balance to problematic skin as well educating her clients on how to maintain proper balance and skin health. Nammi is also a Yoga and Qi Gong teacher.
Oyama received his massage training at the Cortiva Institute in Hoboken, NJ. He is a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. His modalities include deep tissue, Swedish, neuromuscular, trigger point, orthopedic, myofascial release, sports massage, and hot stone. Oyama is known for his deep and focused work, bringing kindness and compassion to each massage session. Oyama is originally from Manaus, Brazil where he was an avid fly fisherman in the rivers of the Amazon. Before moving to the United States, Oyama studied law and earned a MBA in Innovation, as well as a postgraduate degree in Economics Engineering and Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration.
As a dancer and yogini, Patricia has always been in love with movement and health of the body. Attaining degrees in Dance therapy and Occupational therapy, Patricia began her healing career as an Occupational Therapist in 1992. Patricia dove deeper into healing modalities studying Upledger Craniosacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, Reiki, and Prana Yoga. These studies attune to the movement of energy within the body and the use of touch to bring healing. Through these trainings, Patricia’s highly developed skills in touch and presence enable facilitation of healing shifts within client’s body to bring a better sense of well being physically as well as mentally and emotionally.
Patricia is experienced in using Craniosacral Therapy to help people of all ages gain relief from old or new physical issues causing discomfort in the body. Patricia also uses Craniosacral Therapy to help babies with feeding and sleeping issues, children with learning disabilities, teenagers with emotional or attention deficits and adults seeking a better relationship with emotions or challenges in their life that may feel overwhelming.
Raquel is a New York state Licensed Massage Therapist and graduate of the Swedish Institute. Her modalities include Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, shiatsu, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular, reflexology, and energy balancing. Raquel enjoys providing a client centered and detailed massage, taking her time to focus on particular areas of concern and addressing the body as a whole.
Rebecca holds a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from the Swedish Institute in New York City and is a NY state Licensed Acupuncturist, board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Rebecca studied under world-renowned scholar, educator, and an 88th generation Taoist priest, Jeffrey Yuen. Rebecca is also a NY state Licensed Massage Therapist.
Rob is a NY state Licensed Massage Therapist and graduated from the Swedish Institute in 1999. With almost 20 years of experience in the field, Rob is passionate about massage and finds it very rewarding. He loves working with athletes and those who are physically active. Rob has also taken specialized courses in Advanced Sports Massage from the Swedish Institute and is also certified as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Rob is well versed in a variety of massage techniques, including Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massage.
Rose is a New York state Licensed Massage Therapist and graduate of the Swedish Institute (2005). She has experience in a variety of work settings, including spas, wellness centers, and physical therapy rehabilitation centers. Rose customizes her sessions to address her clients’ needs, whether it’s finding the muscular knots and kinks that are causing discomfort and pain or helping the client who needs to unwind from the daily stressors of life. She is trained in Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and prenatal massage.
Sara is from Long Branch, NJ and has been practicing massage therapy for the past nine years. In her training at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage and the Cortiva Institute she learned a variety of modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, trigger point, orthopedic, myofascial release, hot stone, prenatal, lomilomi, Reiki, and reflexology. With this vast array of techniques at hand, Sara customizes each massage to the individual, based on their unique needs and concerns.
Originally from San Francisco, Sean Nederlof moved to New York City in 2013 after obtaining a BFA in Dance from University of California, Santa Barbara. While pursuing a career in dance, he joined Element in 2014 as an assistant to better understand the daily rigors of a bodywork therapist. Sean grew up with a love and appreciation for massage and the emotional and physical benefits it provides for a life full of movement. Sean is happy to be part of such a positive team.
Sharla is a licensed NJ and NY Massage Therapist, graduate from the Cortiva Institute, specializing in sports massage, deep tissue, hot stone, trigger point, neuromuscular, craniosacral, and prenatal. Her admiration for health and wellness inspired her desire to learn massage. Sharla appreciates focused and detailed massage work tailored to specific musculoskeletal conditions. She also has experience in stress management techniques to calm the mind and the body. Sharla is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training.
Sylvia received her Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from the Swedish Institute in NYC in 2009. She has worked in therapeutic environments for the past 8 years treating a range of client from athletes, those suffering from chronic pain, women throughout their pregnancy, people with a variety of specific health concerns such as TMJ, sciatica, repetitive strain injuries, shoulder injuries and impingements, those with chronic and acute neck, shoulder, back pain and tension, and clients post mastectomy.
Sylvia is certified in neuromuscular therapy, a comprehensive system for the treatment of structural imbalances. She incorporates myofascial release, PNF stretching, and deep tissue work to provide unique therapeutic sessions for her clients to reduce stress and discomfort and increase pain-free movement. Sylvia is also certified in pre-natal massage, fascial movement taping, and massage techniques for breast cancer patients.
Sylvia continues to gain knowledge through continuing education courses and research.
Yoga teacher training specific to alignment and movement is her next endeavor allowing her to incorporate yoga in a medical restorative capacity for her clients. Sylvia is also a cyclist, hiker and back packer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University.
Tatiana was born in Slovakia where she received her training and degree in nursing. Her nursing experiences peaked her interest in massage therapy. Tatiana attended the Cortiva Institute for Massage Therapy in Hoboken, NJ where she received her Associate degree in Occupational Studies.
Tatiana’s massages focus on the therapeutic needs of each client employing general Swedish style, deep tissue, sports, myofascial release, and trigger point work with the goal of facilitating symptom relief and enhanced range of motion. She prides herself on her ability to listen, move congested and and blocked energy, relax muscle tissue, and promote healing through a careful balance of mind, body, movement, and breath.
Victoria is a Reiki practitioner, professional dancer, and writer based in Brooklyn. Victoria studied with Sarah Bisceglie and received her training in the Usai tradition at Maha Rose. The foundation of her practice is through gentle hands-on touch, allowing her clients to enter a state of deep relaxation and healing. In addition to her Reiki practice Victoria currently dances for Tina Croll, Nishikawa Collective, and LLMoves and writes for Backstage magazine. She holds a B.A in French Studies from Columbia University.
Yelena is a New York state Licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist. She graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in NYC. Her specialties include orthopedic acupuncture, women’s health, pediatrics, and cosmetic acupuncture, as well as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and prenatal massage. She has experience in the Labor and Delivery Department at Lutheran Hospital working with women through massage and acupuncture, assisting the amazing transition to birth. She understands the importance of prenatal education pertaining to fitness, wellness, and labor preparation, emphasizing the usefulness of acupuncture and massage during this precious time. Being a mother, herself, Yelena has seen firsthand how beneficial massage, acupuncture, and herbs are for babies and kids of all ages. Yelena loves what she does and is passionate about each clients’ health and wellness. Her motto is “Healing the world, one person at a time from the inside out.”
Yoana is a New York licensed Massage Therapist, graduate from the Swedish Institute in NYC. She combines techniques from Swedish massage, myofacial release, deep tissue, shiatsu, abdominal massage, and tui na to restore the natural balance of the body. Yoana is an Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® practitioner and believes in the power of touch and self-care.